Buying and Storing
Always In Season
Whether you use red or white – or a combination, which always looks especially pretty – the small, slim endives have a natural elegance. They’re available year-round at most major supermarkets and specialty stores.
When shopping for endive, look for crisp, firm, pale heads. Once you get it home, store endive wrapped in a damp paper towel inside a plastic bag.
No Need To Wash — Great Raw Or Cooked
Once you’re ready to use endive, there’s no need to wash it. The leaves have never been exposed to soil, and are harvested and packed under sanitary conditions. Just remove any torn or damaged leaves, trim the bottom, and you're ready to go! If you are using the endive raw, you may want to remove the slightly more bitter core from the head. You can do this easily by cutting the endive in half lengthwise and then cutting away the core. If you are cooking the endive, it is not necessary to remove the core, as it will soften and sweeten with cooking.